Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

The Graduate Certification in Digital Humanities (GCDH) is a twelve-credit hours (4 courses), online and hybrid delivery, interdisciplinary graduate certificate that will be offered through the Digital Humanities Commons at the Allen Institute at the University of Missouri's School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT).  The Certification is an additional credential for students enrolled in graduate programs at MU and as a "stand alone" diploma for distance students. 

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities certifies that students are equipped with skills in interdisciplinary research using new digital technologies- skills that university researchers and public and private sector employers recognize as essential in the 21st Century.  The Certificate requires completion of a major paper or digital project that integrates specialized disciplinary knowledge and digital media.  The Certificate can be completed in two semesters; there is no mandatory time frame for finishing.

“Digital Humanities” (DH) is a rapidly growing “bridge discipline” spanning various subject areas: liberal arts, library and information science, communication arts, media studies, education, journalism, cultural studies, history and philosophy of science and technology, computer science, and informatics.  Also, the contexts of the academy, libraries, archives, museums, media, and industry are important for understanding Digital Humanities. A DH scholar uses new computational and statistical tools and methods to address research problems in arts and humanities subject areas, and they apply humanistic modes of inquiry and interpretation to information, “big data,” new electronic media, and computer science.


Students who register for the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities will form a committee of two professors who will supervise their program. The supervisor will typically be from the student’s home discipline in the humanities, social sciences, or professional school (e.g., English, Romance Languages, Classics, History, Sociology, Computer Science, Library & Information Science, or Journalism). The other advisor will be from the iSchool


The graduate certificate requires 12 graduate credit hours. The overall program structure includes coursework in two categories:

  • Required (6 credit hours)
  • Electives (6 credit hours). Selected by students in consultation with their committee
Required Courses (6 credit hours)
IS_LT 9410Seminar in Information Science and Learning Technology1-3
IS_LT 7302Organization of Information3
Recommended Electives
IS_LT 9423Ethics, Data, and Information1-3
IS_LT 7305Foundations of Library and Information Science3
IS_LT 7310Seminar in Information Science and Learning Technology1-3
IS_LT 7312Principles of Cataloging and Classification3
IS_LT 73603
IS_LT 73703
IS_LT 7334Library Information Systems3
IS_LT 7361Introduction to Digital Media3
IS_LT 7378Electronic Portfolio Development1
IS_LT 9450Research Methods in Information Science and Learning Technologies3
IS_LT 9461Interaction Design3
IS_LT 9474Front End Analysis of Systems3
Relevant Courses Offered through Other MU Divisions
JOURN 7150Using Infographics1
NAT_R 8325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3

Additional Information

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For information about certificate, contact:
SISLT Student Services
304 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
phone: 877-747-5868 or 573-882-4546